Ferrari set to unveil world’s fastest car

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Rasheed Bisiriyu

Ahead of the 2017 Geneva motor show, holding from March 7 to March 19, Ferrari has released details about its new supercar, the 812 Superfast, which will be unveiled at the Europe’s first major auto event of the year in Switzerland.

The 812 Superfast, which is the successor to the Ferrari F12, is considered Ferrari’s most powerful front-engine car ever as it can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometre per hour in just 2.9 seconds.

“No other front-engine production car has ever come near delivering these figures,” says Ferrari in a statement.

The supercar, according to a report by an online journal, Automotive News Europe, uses an upgraded version of the F12’s dual-clutch gearbox with faster shift times, adding that its new technology includes electric power steering, a first for any Ferrari.

The auto firm says the system is integrated with the vehicle’s dynamic control to “make its powerful performance easier to handle and even more thrilling to exploit.”

Engine performance

The sports car is powered by a 6.5-litre V12 motor that generates 800PS top power @8,500rpm and 718Nm of maximum torque @7,000rpm, says hindustantimes.com, in another report.

Autoblog.com reports that the Superfast 812 is Ferrari’s first car to come equipped with an Electric Power Steering.

It says, “One big change is the car’s switch from hydraulic to electric power steering. It’s the first Ferrari road car to use the EPS. The 812 Superfast also gets the second version of Virtual Short Wheelbase, Ferrari’s name for rear-wheel steering.

The car features the 5.0 version of Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control technology that keeps the vehicle controlled during high-speed performance, it adds.

“The silhouette of 812 reminds of the outgoing F12 – fastback sleekness, muscular wheel-arches and a high tail. The full LED headlamps are neatly wrapped with the bonnet, into which the air-intakes are carved,” says hindustantimes.com.

Exterior

Its visual changes compared with the F12 include the replacement of the central hood scoop with two intakes positioned next to the new LED headlamps.

The auto firm says the car’s new aerodynamic elements include intakes in the rear pillars that help increase downforce. The redesigned front end includes active flaps that alter the amount of downforce.

At the rear, the twin circular taillights have been replaced with four smaller circular lamp units.

Interior

The interior, according to autoblog.com, has been updated a bit with a reshaped dash top (featuring one fewer air vent) and new controls on the steering wheel.

It also states, “The optional display in front of the passenger, which can show your co-driver just how fast you’re going, appears to have been updated to a touch screen to give them their own set of controls.

“There are active flaps at the front and some kind of new air bypass at the rear to improve downforce, and which sounds a lot like something out of Formula 1. The launch colour seen is the special Rosso Settanta, which is in celebration of the company’s 70th anniversary.”

The new car is expected to compete with Aston Martin’s new D11, which is also powered by a V-12 engine. While the DB11 has four seats, the Ferrari is a two-seater.

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